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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for June 25-27

we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. You can also read the latest info regarding what's open and reopening in the District, as well as things to do during the week and throughout the month.

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Smithsonian Castle exterior

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Making Matters
One of DC’s most beloved summertime traditions, the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, will continue with a virtual edition this year sporting a theme of Making Matters. Enjoy a weekend series of craft workshops, kitchen demos, Story Circles and much more. Supplies will be provided for your at-home enjoyment. Spots are limited, so make sure to register to receive a material kit.
Schedule & Registration


Her Flag
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has partnered with Her Flag, an art and travel project curated by artist Marilyn Artus that honors the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Artus worked with a woman artist from each of the 36 states that ratified the Amendment by 1920 to create an incredible flag that will be featured on the exterior of NMWA’s façade along New York Avenue for more than a month. Each artist crafted imagery inspired by the anniversary and her home state, making for an epic collage that touches a variety of subjects and themes.
Hours & Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

The National Capital Barbecue Battle – Virtual Experience – Final Weekend
Usually held in-person on Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Capital Barbecue Battle offers a virtual experience this year, extending the celebration to a month-long extravaganza that winds down on June 30. The online experience features free, live-streamed performances, BBQ recipes, an online kids' zone, health and wellness information, a sports experience and more.



Georgetown Glow Spring 2021 in Georgetown DC

Georgetown GLOW: Spring Edition – Final Weekend
After the 2020 edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Georgetown GLOW has returned with a two-part series of outdoor installations, with the first lighting up DC’s most historic neighborhood through this Sunday. The region’s only free, curated, outdoor public light experience is open to all both day and night, and you can read up on the spring edition’s artists and installations (there are five in total) on Georgetown GLOW’s official website. Mark your calendar of the summer edition as well, slated to run from July 2 – Sept. 26.
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Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend – Final Weekend
The National Museum of Women in the Arts features this fascinating exhibit from textile artist Sonya Clark, renowned for her work in mixed media that addresses Blackness, history and identity. This first survey of her 25-year career offers her most acclaimed sculptures, including pieces made from currency, beads, cotton plants, pencils, a hair salon chair and much more. In total, 100 works of art are highlighted in the exhibit, focusing on themes of labor, language, heritage and visibility. Timed tickets are required for museum entry. For more details about visiting, check out the museum’s website.
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, 12-5 p.m. |  Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
The Phillips Collection, which celebrates its centennial this year, showcases Jacob Lawrence’s 30-panel series entitled, Struggle…From the History of the American People. Lawrence painted the stunning series between 1954 and 1956, and this exhibition marks the first time that the pieces have been reunited since 1958. The display, which opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 19, will also feature two new panels discovered in 2020 and 2021, adding fascinating new context to this lesser known series that still showcases Lawrence’s legendary narrative artistry. You can also view Lawrence’s essential Migration Series at The Phillips Collection.
Hours & Tickets
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009




Renewal 2121
After the COVID-19 pandemic and rising concerns over climate change, this installation at ARTECHOUSE transports you 100 years into the future. You’ll be immersed in an industrial city where nature is combating the onslaught of an overreaching metropolis, a stark warning if mankind continues at its current pace. Hope is found through cherry blossoms peeking through neon lights, showing the way for those ready to take action. Renewal 2121 is an original ARTECHOUSE production and was inspired by DC’s illustrious cherry blossom season. Use the 'Tickets' link below for a special 10% discount.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Where We Belong
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company streams this new production in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library. Where We Belong is a one-woman piece by Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet. The story is set in 2015, when Sayet travels to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare only to find a country that will not acknowledge its own role in colonialism, just as the Brexit vote is set to occur. Madeline details a journey to England that echoes the one taken by her ancestors in the 1700s following treatise betrayals in the U.S. and in turn, presents what it means to live and belong in a world increasingly globalized.


Experience The Capital Wheel
Soar 180 feet in the air on the area’s only observation wheel, which spins right on the National Harbor’s majestic waterfront. The Capital Wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondola cars that seat up to eight and circle every day and night of the year, providing stunning views of Alexandria, Va., DC’s monuments and the Potomac River. Sunset rides are particularly scenic. Use code VISITDC for a 10% discount on tickets through Dec. 31.
Monday – Thursday, 4-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday, 12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745


Visit reopened DC museums
Many of DC's most beloved museums have reopened their doors with capacity limits, timed tickets and safety policies in place. The wondrous list of reopenings includes the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Archives Building, the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the National Building Museum and Tudor Place. Check out our What's Open page to see what other DC locales you can visit this month.

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